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"Luigi Cattaneo" Anatomical Wax Collection


During the 18th and 19th centuries, medical scientists began to shift their attention from the study of human anatomy to that of pathology, in order to understand the cause and development of certain anomalies. They used wax to make models of the cases studied. You can see a collection of wax models and preparations which were used to study the human body and its pathologies. Enjoy the precise details of these scientific, historical and artistic treasures.



Via Irnerio, 48 - 40126 Bologna


+39 051 2091556

Scientific Advisor Prof.ssa Luisa Leonardi

Opening hours

Winter opening hours valid from September 1 to May 31

Tuesday - Friday: 9am - 1pm 

Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays: 10am - 6pm 
Summer opening hours valid from June 1 to August 31

Tuesday - Friday: 10am - 1pm 

Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays: 10am - 6pm

Closed on
working Mondays, January 1, May 1, August 15, December 24 and 25



Free admission

Further information

Reservation is required for groups of maximum 10 people (without guide), please contact

Interested in guided tours for groups? Please contact to arrange an appointment.


Accessibility for visitors with disabilities is partially guaranteed.

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